Two Alliance games per year? Eight Big Ten games or nine? NU AD Alberts discusses the future of the league | national
Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts spent part of the last week in athletic director meetings with the LEAD1 association and, naturally, “The Alliance” popped up.
The informal roster between the Big Ten, the ACC and the Pac-12 is currently just a concept, but Alberts said he believes it will be beneficial over time.
Additionally, Alberts, during an hour-long appearance on the radio show “Sports Nightly” Wednesday, indicated that the arrangement could lead to up to two Alliance non-conference games per season at the end of the season. future and also suggested that the Big Ten could potentially jump from nine conference games to eight.
None of that will be sorted out, however, until there is a finalized framework for what the future of college football playoffs looks like.
“We need to understand more clearly what all the qualifiers will be and what the consideration of potential teams in the playoffs will be before making any rash decisions,” Alberts said. “So we don’t know exactly how it’s going. We started out thinking about eight conference games, but it could be nine, we could stay at nine.”
Oklahoma and Texas agreeing to join the SEC earlier this year caused the Big Ten to suspend plans to cut to eight league games.
“(Now we’re going to) take a break and wait until we figure out what an expanded playoff looks like,” Alberts said. “I think you could see the SEC with a larger squad playing in nine conference games.”
However, he is convinced that the work between the three conferences of power will be fruitful in the long term.
“We’re going to be patient here, we’re going to wait and see. At the end of the day, the Alliance is a real thing,” Alberts said. “I think it’s going to really benefit Nebraska, I think it’s going to help us when we’re around the table to help reframe what the constitution looks like and what college football looks like.
“But whether it’s nine conference games or eight, whether it’s two Alliance games or one at the start, we’ll have to see. What we do at the start may not be what we do at the start. what we eventually come to. So we’ll see, but no hard decisions were made. “